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Ian Rankin , James MacPherson
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18 Oct 2006

It's now a crucial time for Rebus. His superiors are getting increasingly impatient with his erratic behaviour and his relationship with Siobhan becomes ever more complicated. And most worryingly of all, as Rebus grows older he is starting to feel closer to the criminals he fights than to the force he works for.

Set against the backdrop of the explosive 2005 G8 summit this will be Ian's most hard-hitting novel yet. For amongst the hordes of protesters filling the streets, a serial killer lurks ...


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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Abridged edition edition (18 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780752876139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752876139
  • ASIN: 0752876139
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 13.7 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
Strip Jack
The Black Book
Mortal Causes
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Dead Souls
Set in Darkness
The Falls
Resurrection Men
A Question of Blood
Fleshmarket Close
The Naming of the Dead
Exit Music

Short stories:
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

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you don't want to...miss out on the excellence of Macpherson's reading. (Sue Baker PUBLISHING NEWS)

It makes great, gutsy listening, with James Macpherson in excellent voice, and one fo the best Rebus books ever. (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

As always, James Macpherson is the reader, and puts in a flawless performance. (IRISH TIMES)

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A brilliant new Rebus novel

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fine Wine It Get's Better With Age 6 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge fan of Rankin's books and like most who read one have read them all. It's always been a key point of the series that Rankin has aged his central character in real time and here we start to realise just how close we are to the end of the career of John Rebus.

I have to say that I think this is possibly the best in the series since Black and Blue, it benefits from being set in reality in this case Edinburgh during the G8 summit. Tony Blair is the prime minister etc only adds to being sucked into the book.

I like this aspect as Rankin makes mention of current music and TV culture even CSI gets a mention from Rebus.

This book is as much about Siobhan as it is about Rebus and we continue to see that Rankin will be able to continue this series even without the man who was the central character. One principle character is Edinburgh and the setting isn't going to change.

I don't want to give away the ending as like all the stories there is plenty of twists and turns but I like that with Rankin the crimes are always based on real reasons like money, love and revenge.

I usually read these books in a couple of days but this time I purposely read this slower savouring every word like the fine wine this book is with only one Rankin book a year and possibly only one more Rebus story to come it's going to be tough to find another series as good as this one has consistently been.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A continued run of good form 19 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
Ian Rankin has been in fine form of late. Having only discovered his work about 2 years ago I have been enthralled by every single book. The Black Book, A Question of Blood and Dead Souls were particularly good, but The Naming Of The Dead is probably my favourite of all so far. This is another book in the Inspector John Rebus series, but it focusses a great deal on Siobahn Clarke who may well become the focal point of forthcoming novels by Mr Rankin. This is fast paced and reads like an episode of the TV series '24'. Rankin has also taken to dropping in popular culture references like one would expect to find in a Nick Hornby novel. This makes it similar in style and pace to The Innocent Man by John Grisham. There are a number of top notch thrillers coming out in time for the Christmas rush, and The Naming Of The Dead is as good as any of them. If you're looking to buy a book for someone as a gift I would recommend starting them on one of Rankin's earlier efforts if they are unfamiliar with his work. For fans though this is a must have, and the sooner the better.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus and Rankin -- Brilliant, yet again. 30 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
Ian Rankin is surely ahead of his fellow crime writers if only in the amount of books that he has written that are consistently of a high standard. This is Rankin's 16th Rebus book since 1988, an asthonishing amount by by anyone standards -- not mentioning the other books not featuring Rebus.

This latest edition in the Rebus series sees the Scottsman nearing retirement only for a mysterious set of murders to drag him back in to murky world of criminality -- all set against the backdrop of the G8 summit. This book sees Rankin and Rebus on top form, and Rankin, in particular, uses the G8 and the protest marches that surround it to great effect.

Considering that this is the penultimate Rebus novel it seems to me that Rankin is grooming Siobhan Clarke to succeed Rebus when the old man finally retires -- or worse. She is given a more central role, like the previous few books, and we are seeing new and interesting sides to her.

Quite how Rankin keeps such a high standard is beyond me, but be sure not to miss out on the latest Rebus books before the character is finally seen off.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cafferty's Back and He's Nasty! 21 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
It's ironic that The Naming of the Dead has come so late in the series, since some of the later novels in it -namely, The Falls and Fleshmarket Close- have been a little weaker than the rest, as if the series was running out of steam. But this latest installment truly is Ian Rankin at his brilliant best, weaving absolutely everything in to it which made Rebus so damned good in the first place - and Cafferty's back!

For me, this is one of Ian's most balanced pieces of writing: drama, incident, suspense, mystery, political comment and intrigue, musical trivia and very sharp observation - it's all there in the right doses to keep you hooked from start to finish. Set against the G8 summit, Rebus is on the hunt for a serial killer who's been bumping off convicted rapists. He's been kept well away from the summit but it doesn't stop him from making that brilliant nuisance he does of himself and rubbing the right people up the wrong way !!

I think i've made myself clear enough. I simply loved this book!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fine Wine It Gets Better With Age 12 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Rankin's books and like most who read one have read them all. It's always been a key point of the series that Rankin has aged his central character in real time and here we start to realise just how close we are to the end of the career of John Rebus.

I have to say that I think this is possibly the best in the series since Black and Blue, it benefits from being set in reality in this case Edinburgh during the G8 summit. Tony Blair is the prime minister etc only adds to being sucked into the book.

I like this aspect as Rankin makes mention of current music and TV culture even CSI gets a mention from Rebus.

This book is as much about Siobhan as it is about Rebus and we continue to see that Rankin will be able to continue this series even without the man who was the central character. One principle character is Edinburgh and the setting isn't going to change.

I don't want to give away the ending as like all the stories there is plenty of twists and turns but I like that with Rankin the crimes are always based on real reasons like money, love and revenge.

I usually read these books in a couple of days but this time I purposely read this slower savouring every word like the fine wine this book is with only one Rankin book a year and possibly only one more Rebus story to come it's going to be tough to find another series as good as this one has consistently been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I loved this book, although it something of a period piece already it's set against the background of 7/7 . Classic Rebus, keeps you riveted and full of dark ambiguity,
Published 1 month ago by JohnT
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit complicated plot
I enjoyed this book as a Rebus fan - however I think there were rather too many convoluted threads in it and if not familiar with the G8 or the London bombings a reader could... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong Rebus mystery
Ian Ranking produces another well-plotted mystery with an evocative setting around the G8 summit, the Olympic bid and the London terrorist bombings with strong characters and witty... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steven Aldous
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read even though I am not usally reading this genre - I only read it because it was a part of a University course dealing in tense and dialects.
Published 4 months ago by Brian D. Clausen
4.0 out of 5 stars GR8 murder mystery in midst of G8 Summit
There is a lot happening in "The Naming of the Dead" other than the murders Inspector John Rebus is investigating in and near Edinburgh, namely:
i) the G8 summit in Edinburgh... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ameya
4.0 out of 5 stars Rankin Rules!
I personally have read all the original Rebus stories but I bought this to send to my son-in-law who is reading them in the correct order. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs G Foord
5.0 out of 5 stars STOTT
I think of Ken Stott anytime I read a Rebus book, he seems so true to the character that Ian Rankin created.
Published 7 months ago by Ian Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars HITS THE SPOT AGAIN.
I am a great fan of Rebus. He says it like it is. I knew policeman who were similar as well as bosses. Brilliant story as usual - keep them coming Ian!
Published 7 months ago by Mr.William Head
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I big fan of rankin so no surprise I enjoyed this book. Nice touch including real life events into the story.
Published 8 months ago by robbhj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Love the character development and the way the story is inter-woven with real events happening at the time. I am a new convert to Ian Rankin’s books.
Published 8 months ago by Hugh Sloan
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